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good morning.we welcome to sgmd. i'm dr. sanjay gupta reporting to you from los angeles. i'm here at the std up to cancer telethon. you can see the preparations going on right behind me. here's a startling fact. half of all men, a third of all women in the united states, are expected to develop cancer in their lifetime. and one person dies from this disease every single minute. just about everyone you know in
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some way has been effected by this terrible disease which is why so many people have come ow from hollywood celebrities to icians, athlete, journalist, all showing their support and standing up tu cancer. i can tell you a lot of the money going to be raised the is targeted for innovati cancer research. that's going to be our focus as well, from rehearsal to show time, where have we been with cancer, whare e we going, what do with we still need to do, how do e beat the odds and how we keep the patients living longer.a breast laura has cancer. it's spread to her bveones and her liver. she's going to be joining me to talk about how stand up to cancer cam about and her own struggle. another celebrity talking about a cause very close to my heart is angelina jolie, talking about pastan, of course. the last two shows of sgmd have been from pakistan. i've spent a lot of time there talking about impact of flood on real people, not just the numbers and the medical care that's needed now is going to be needed for some time to come.
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she watched a lot of those reports and she's now there now in her capacity for good will ambassador for the u.n. we talked about a lot of different issues a couples dayi ago. you bring so much awareness of what's happening there.n' why do you think people haven't paid as much attention to what's happing in pakistan? >> i think people have a fatigue in general when it comeso disaster relief. but if i can say that the thing that i've learned the st in being here is that we tend to focus on one issue at a time because that seems to be what people can observe and care for. but pakistan as you know is so compx because it has not just the people from the flood and 18 llion effected now but still the 1.7 million afgha people who are here. and they've been displaced from the flood. >> t we tend to think ofesese places as over there, somewhere else, not her but when you go and i was there as well, i mean, you meet people. there are real faces and stories behi these crazy high numbers.
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raymond and zynule goal are two pele that you know. tell me about them. what did they tellu you? >> you go these places and you always say the same thing to the viewer is that they would be so moved if they were here and it's so true and if they met all of these children so resilient and they're still children and so full of life and love and hope and it's always so moving. and this is a very unique for me because i met this beautiful older couple who are in their 70s and they worked their whole lives. and the man had been in the pakistani military twice and he had been lived off the pension and with that small pension he built this home and his family and for his grandchildren and it was very modesto begin with. but he had something. and now they're both dealing with a lot of sickness an you know, as they see in the tape that the woman was -- is so embarrassed with her situation. e d the man spoke of the fact that he never felt in his lifetime he's ever going to be able to recuperate what he has lost, that he would never ever
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have again nice things, that he would never have a nice bed, a nice house, and they've lived in this placeince ei1972. and raised their children and their grandchildren there. and it's in a moment, in a few hours it was completely gone. and they're really good people. they're really just kind, l wonderf wonderful, hardworking older people who will pass away most likely in this mud-covered area, which is so covered with dirt and there's feces in the a rive nearby and covered in flies. it doesn't have theignity that they deserve to live in, that anyone deserves to live? >> heartbreaking to hear that. it's almost more heartbreaking to hear that they're embarrassed to tell you about it. i don't know, you know, how that should me somebody feel. i travel through these camps, angelina, where i saw these kids inheir tents in the situations that you're describing dng their homework and being a father as well, i don't know, it just really got at me because they have dreams and aspirations
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and hopes and those things are spread throughout the world evenly. are you optimistic about the next generation of pakistan? it is a young country. it has been devastated so many times now as you just mentiod. >> i think -- i think we have no choice but to be optimistic and to have hope. without that we're just lost and things indeteriorate. i think it is -- you know, this part of the world, they are resilient people. i think of all that they've been hit with and they continue to move on, to rebuild, to trade, to educate, to learn, to -- you know, they're really trying. and they've fought through a lot. they will continue to fight through and that goes for the afghani peoples well. so you know, we have toor. we have thto support themmed. and also for all the people worried about conflict and thl part of the world and they feel like it's far away or they're not sure that they don't understand the -- you know, the corruption or for all of this. the only way to make for a healthier, more hopeful,
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stronger pakistan and afghanistan is to help support p education, is to help people, especially in this time of need. and to not just allow for more evastation and more desperation. >> well, you're there right now. i just returned from there. h this is ongoing. a lot of reports would have you believe that this is somewhat over but the way -- the flooding continues, some of the parts of the south where i was most rently, there are places still being displaced. have you gotten a sense of the scope of this? theyayhe size of the state of florida or n england, how do you convey the scope of this to people back home? >> it's very difficult to say to people in an interview, pase care and please but i think, you know, we're both thinking that, you know, having been here and met these people just to say just remember they're people, they're family, thlyey're loly, lovely harking pele and beautiful children, and they deserve dignity and assistance. >> angelina jolie just so informed, so passionate about
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what's going on in pakistan, hothpefully bringing a lot of attention there as well. we are here at the stand up to cancer telethon. one of the most common cancers is skin cancer. one of the most deadliest forms is melanoma. imagine you had a mole on your leg and you get it checked out. by the time you do that, it's actually spread throughout your entire body. it's exactly what happened to a woman you're about to meet. also going to meet her doctors who figured out a way to treat this by trying to figure out why nomelama grows in the first place. amazing u story. also, stand up to cancer, amazing performances here. we're going to bring some of them to you later on in the show. stay with us. [ male announcer ] this is rachel, a busy mom. she starts at dawn and so does her back pain. the drive is done. so is a day of games and two more pills. the games are over, her pain is back, that's two more pills. and when she's finally home, but hang on, just two aleve can keep back pain away all day with fewer pills than tynol. this is rachel, who chose aleve and two pills for a day free of pain.
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>> we're back with "sgmd." this year alone more than w a miion people will hear from their doctor that they now have a diagnosis of cancer. more than 11 million people are currently living with cancer. pam coffey is one of them more than a decade ago pamela coffey found a mole on her left eye. a minor nuisance but she went to the dermatologist anyway. > he even thought that it was okay. but he still removed it. and sent it off for biopsy and came back that it was melanoma. >> reporter: for the next 13 years offey was cancer free. about a year ago, she and her husband found out the cancer was back. >> scares you to deat you know, what do we do now, what's our next step? how do we battle this? >> reporter: the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, liver, it was gruling. >> i had two surgeries to remov
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lymph nodes, 32 treatments of radiation. >> reporter: and none of it worked. the cancer was still there. her doctor was out of options for her. so he sent her to vanderbilt-ingram cancer system. he's running a clinical trial that tests an experimental drug that targets agenetic mutation in her tumor that is making her cancer groi. >> that mutaon actually triggers the tumor cll to multiply. >> reporter:he mu take krald braf isfound half of all melanoma patients. >> it can block the function of that protein. we can cause cell death quite rapidly. >> reporter: identifying a mutation in a tumor and developing a drug that targets it, well, that'sed called personalized medicine. dr. william powell, director of peonalized medicine at
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vanderbilt say it is the future of cancer treatments. >> the hope that it is giving the right drug to the right patient at the right time, maybe avoiding a drug that may not us useful and maximizing the benefits of a drug. >> reporter: the national cancer institute is part of the national institutes of health and supports and coordinates cancer research throughout the united stas and abroad. its own onducts research, much of it using information gleaned from the mapping of the human genome. dr. harold vais has spent the last 40 years on cancer research. he's optimistic about ther futue of cancer care. >> i've nver seen a time of so much promise. >>eporter: that's because he says researchers now have the ability to look inside a cancer cell, take it apart. >> we can use our knowledge of what's wrong with the cancero cell to try to design better diagnostic tests and tests hat not only tell us whether a cancer is there, but they tell us whether a cancer i actually dangerous. >> reporter: but there is
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anothe equally important element in the fight against cancer, clinical trials. >> that's why we have to make a very -- send a very clear message to patients in this country who do he cancer and to their doctors that it's going to be very important that patien cts be enrolled in clinil trials to be sure that we have drs that will be beneficial to patien now and patients in the future. >> reporter: pam coffey's participatioin vanderbilt's clinical trial mayhem get her drug approved for countless other cancer patients. just three days into her trial, after taking four pills in the morning and four at night each day she says the results are stunning. >> it was back to the old pam. i wasn't sick at my stomach. i didn't have the nausea, the voting, the tiredness. i started getting a little energy back. my appetite. >> and pam there is a good example of why clinical trials should always be an option and
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sere are new tools being developed every single day. next you're going to meet a father who found out that he had the deadliest form of brain cancer. >> all of a sudden i -- i felt this jolt through my left leg and my left arm. >> if you asked him he would say the only thing he wanted to do was make it to the most important day of his daughter'sw life. and heidn't think he would be able t do that. then there was this revolutionary new treatmt. time to face the pollen that used to make me sneeze... my eyes water. but now zyrtec®, the fastest 24-hourllergy relief, comes in a liquid gel. zyrtec® liquid gels work fast, so i can love the air®. comes in a liquid gel. i switched to a complete tomultivitamin with more.50, only one a day women's 50+ advantage has gingko for memory and concentration plus support for bone and breast health. a great addition to my routine. [ female announcer ] one a day women's. [ female announcer ] it starts with you falling in love
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it's scry. it's a scary moment. you think you might be dealing withomething that's life threatening and it really helped me realize tist nobod is exempt. >> you may have heard of a type of brain tumor called a gleo
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blast to blastoma, it killed senator ted kennedy. as a neurosurgeon i've seen these tumors. it remains one of the worst diagnoses a patient can get. but what if you could somehow use your own body's i'm huge system to fight this cancer? that's where we'reeaded. steve hall wasn't sure he would be there at his daughter erinerin's wedding. almost a year to the day he had been diagnose with the deadliest form of brain cancer. hall was 60 and he thought healthy. he had no idea he had a brain tumor until one saturday morning in august when he collapsed by the pool. >> all of a sudden i felt this jolt through my left leg and my left m. >> i just saw him collapse. >> there was a trip to the ergency room, and there was a brain scan >> i felt like our whole life was turned upside-down in a
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matter of two hours. you surgeon said, well, have a geoblastoma -fmulti-form stage iv cancer. disbelief, absolute fright, despair. >> reporter:all's been through radiation and he now takes chemotherapy pills rev i month. he now has somhing else going for him, a vaccine made from his tumor. neurosurgeon andrew parsa at the university of california san francisco is hall's doctor. >> the approach we take is we actually dthe surgery, take the tumor out, and then we make the vaccine directly from that individual patient's tumor. and then give that vaccine back to the patient. >> reporter: the vaccine triggers the body's immune system to attack multiple spots on the tumor .cells. >> smlpox works, polio vaccines work, you're allowing your own body to combat this
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cancer which is an irregularity anyway. >> i don't think that it's appropriate to use the word cure with gleoblastoma. i think we want to turn it to a chronic disease like diabetes where you take medicine that allows you to live a normal life. >> today there's noevidence that tumor recurring. >> reporter: so far, dr. pars a's small trial has shown remarkable results. more than a year into the clinical trial, none of the eight patients have had their tumors come back. with traditional treatment, fewer than a third of gleoblastoma patients even survive a year. >> it's really racks ellie encouraging. >> a year after his diagnosis, steve hall feels well enough to dance, letting a father and daughter share one of life's precious moments. i can tell you as a father of three girls myself, steve, i am just so glad you were there. and dr. parsa, it's worth pointing out a lot of his work
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is beingde funded by federal grants but also by advocacy organizations such as national brain tumor society. so far preliminary results have been pretty successful so plan on expanding the trial to many more states. up next, executive produced "pretty woman," "spider-man" and this right behind me. she has breastcancer. that's where a lot of this came from. my conversation with her. [ george ] save 23. save $345. 16 minutes could save you 16%. come on. isn't it time an auto insurer gave it to you straight? that's why you should talk to state farm. but not yet. first, talk to any one of the 40 million drivers who already have state farm. 40 million. yeah, that's more than geico and progressive combined. by a lot. 40 millionrivers, more savings, and discounts up to 40%. where else are you gonna get discounts like that? but first, talk to your neighbors.
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i'm actually specifically here in support of cervical caer tonight. as a young woman, it's the second leading cause of cancer death of women in their 20s and 30s. so i'm going to use whatever
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platform i have to help spread the word. >> we are back with "sgmg." i have the pleasuree. of interviewing someone i admire. everything you see in this room behind us is the result of her and her efforts and ss over the last several years. laura, so great to be able to sit down with you in person. >> great to have you. >> i know your story. i think a lot of people do. you did the right things. >> right. >> in terms of -- >> you bet. i was a healthy girl. >> what happened? >> i got unlucky, and i was, you know, someone said to me i was diagnosed very late stage breast cancer. and i remember when it happened. someone i was working with said, wh's wro with laura. i mean, didn't she have a mammogram? i had -- in the year before i wa diagnosed i had five. i ha five ultrasounds. i kept being told i was okay. and you want to believe you can go to the doctor, they tell you you're okay, good, i'mg okay. noing wrong with meas. the last time i wastold i was okay i got in my car and i thought, you know, i'm not okay.
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>> you just didn't feel well? >> no, i knew -- i knew -- yeah, i finally was at the point where i knew something was wrong. and then the news went fro fm b to worse for me. lltr chemotherapy, a s transplant, surgery, radiation and i did well with estrogen blockers. i was highly e.r. positive. i did well for three years. and then my cancer started slowly growing. >> from a macro standpoint, what doesn't work in science? >> the biggest problem with cancer research in this country is that the scientists are silent and the system promotes competition and not collaboration. t and we know going to the moon, the manhtan project, curing polo, you know, i like to say, you know, cancer is like the march of times. 1800 americans died from polio. the entire country, that's like 300 more than die every day from cancer. the entire country wasnevested
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in finding a cure for polio. we need to do that for cancer. our funding model mandates that the scientists collaborate and compete against the disease instead against each other. we fund things that have a real chance. i say within three years to get a treatment to patients like me. if i a could get any word out, it's really that this is a -- this is a real failure on the part of this country. as you said, this was in the newspaper, 1500 americans died today, 1500 are going to die tomorrow, 1 a minute, and we're not doing everything we can and it's actually wch reach to start to save people's lives. and a 1% rededuction in cancer deaths is worth 5$500 billion t the economy. e dot ve len' say
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money, we can't afford 20 do this. i'm not going to cure cancer by scientists alone but we're going to make adent. >> i think it was your daughter who said cancer picked the wrong woman to mess. i uld have to second that. >> we're so happy you're here. >> i'm pleased to be asked. >> thank you. >> and i just -- i'm glad you're on this team. >> great. thank you. you're o.n it now, too. >> i am. thanks so much.ia appreciate it. >> appreciate it. thank you. but then calls your interior lexus quiet. and automobile magazine goes comparing you to a cadillac. ♪ so much for the nekid fitting in with the rest of the class. the all new chevrolet cruze. starting under $17,000. get used to more. ♪ i switched to a complete tomultivitamin with more.50, only one a day women's 50+ advantage has gingko for memory and concentration
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♪ like my fathers come to pass ♪ seven years has gone so fast
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♪ wake me up when september ends ♪ >> i can tell you as a father and a doctor and a journalist, i was so honored to be here tonight and watching laura ziskin and katie couric and final good-byes. the goal to stand chup to cance is to find crese ich. but ending cancer is going to require much more than that. it's going to require you, trying to prevent cancer in the first place, talking to your doctor, get i don't guess your screening tests. got a lot more information on this at if you missed any part of the show go to our website this is stand up to cancer. i'm dr. sanjay gupta. thanks so much for watching. ♪ ♪ i need your love ♪ i need your love ♪ i need your lo ♪ i need your love

Sanjay Gupta MD
CNN September 11, 2010 7:30am-8:00am EDT

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